Donna Bilu-Martin, MD, Horwitz Dermatology & South Beach Dermatology
I know fillers and neurotoxins can be used to create a more youthful appearance. What new techniques and products are available?
Fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra are commonly injected to restore volume lost with aging. Now a great new tool is available to dermatologists to make these treatments even easier. Blunt-tipped microcannulas, rather than sharp needles, are increasingly being utilized to inject fillers. Because they have a rounded, blunt tip, there is less trauma to tissue and blood vessels, which equals less bruising, discomfort and swelling during and after the procedure. It also means fewer injections, because the cannula is placed through one point in the skin and can reach multiple areas. For people that want a filler treatment with little downtime, it’s a great choice. As for neurotoxins, the newest kid on the block is Xeomin, which joins Botox and Dysport. All three are used to relax glabellar “eleven” lines between the eyebrows. One difference between them is that Xeomin has no accessory proteins. This may decrease the possibility of developing antibodies to the proteins, which can make the injections less (or not) effective. Also, Xeomin does not need to be refrigerated. With the advent of great technology, looking natural and refreshed is easier than ever. For more information, call Horwitz Dermatology at 305.933.1151 or South Beach Dermatology in South Beach at 305.672.1233.